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DevOpsDays DC 2024

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25 Sep 2024

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26 Sep 2024


American Red Cross HQ 1730 E St NW, Washington, DC 20006 Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

About Devopsdays

Devopsdays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Each event is run by volunteers from the local area.

Most devopsdays events feature a combination of curated talks (see open Calls for Proposals) and self organized open space content. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture.


The first devopsdays was held in Ghent, Belgium in 2009. Since then, devopsdays events have multiplied, and if there isn’t one in your city, check out the information about organizing one yourself!

About the organization

The devopsdays global core team guides local organizers in hosting their own devopsdays events worldwide. Active core organizers onboard and guide events, answer questions, and maintain the website. Advisory core organizers are less involved day-to-day but weigh in on important matters and assist as needed. Emeritus core organizers are no longer involved in the core team; we thank them for their past efforts.

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04 Mar 2024

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10 Jun 2024

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Share your story!

You have a great story and we want to hear from you!

Want other ideas for topics or feedback on your ideas? We're here to help! with CFP in the subject.


  • Call for proposals opens Monday, March 4, 2024.
  • Call for proposals closes Monday, June 10, 2024.
  • Selected proposals will be announced on Monday, July 22, 2024.

Submit as many proposals as you like. Panels or multi-presenter proposals are fine. Speakers will receive free admission to the conference and an opportunity to address 300+ people interested in DevOps in our nation's capital. After the conference, we'll also add the video of each talk to our YouTube channel.

Our criteria for selection include...

  • We embrace diversity and encourage proposals from people whose voices we might not hear as often.
  • LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!: we prefer speakers who work within 100 miles of Washington, DC. 
  • Original content: content not yet presented at other conferences, or a new angle to an existing problem
  • New presenters: people who are new to the space and have insightful stuff to say; we want to hear everybody's voice
  • No vendor pitches: we value vendors and sponsors, but this is not the right forum

Talk Types

We are accepting talks in both the ignite format and a more traditional 30-minute format. For those of you not familiar with the ignite format and would like to see a sample of some of the best, - here are some to view. Here's a Youtube search for previous DevOpsDays ignite talks.

The competition will be fierce, especially for the 30-minute slots; the organizer committee will vote on which presentations are selected. We understand if the talk isn't written yet, but we want enough details to understand what your time will be filled with and what people will learn from it.

One of the main building blocks of DevOps is Culture. We highly value diversity and embrace it. We believe that DevOpsDays should shine a spotlight on it. If you're part of a group whose voices we don't hear as often, we'd love to hear from you!

Remember DevOpsDays is for DevOps practitioners looking to take whatever they're doing to the next level. Be specific. "Metrics are good yay" isn't enough of a takeaway, so for example, if you pitch "Metrics and DevOps" we'd like to hear more about what your content will be - what metrics exactly, what actionable things people will take away, etc. Culture talks are good, but similarly, we're looking for more actionable details than "DevOps is about culture. Hug more." If you don't have a lot of specifics, we would suggest going for an ignite talk instead of a full talk.

Demos are welcome but, of course, there's always that slim chance that wireless will give you trouble or other technical issues may come into play - just prep well and have a backup plan.

You can run your own laptop for full talk slots - again, have a backup plan (Dropbox, thumb drive, save in multiple formats - be paranoid). You'll be asked to provide ignite talks in PDF format and your keynote slides in any format by the weekend before the conference. Ignite talks will all be run by the ignite talk wrangler from their system on auto-advance.

Multiple Speakers for a Single Talk?

Got multiple speakers for a single talk? No problem, just click the "Add Speaker" button to add additional speakers.

Questions? Help?

Need help with or suggestions for your presentation? We've got lots of ideas and are happy to discuss your talk ideas before you submit them. Just reach out to us! with CFP in the subject.

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